Aran Hall School

Special needs catered for

We provide flexible 38 to 52 week residential care with education to children and young people with a range of learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, both with associated severe challenging behaviour.

We have also developed a programme for young people with learning disabilities who present sexually harmful behaviour.

Specialist facilities

Care and Education are based on the same site to ensure that student´┐Żs development programmes are delivered consistently throughout the day.

Students live in groups of three or four, having their own bedrooms. The school sits within spacious and peaceful grounds. Class sizes are very small and students follow an individualised education programme.

Support services provided

To enable students to access all aspects of their education we have developed a strong behavioural management programme using the expertise of our Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Our education department is made up of Qualified Teachers and Classroom Assistants. In addition we have music specialists and an Art Teacher.

Students also have access to a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist.

Tros Gynnal provides an advocacy service for our students.

Home school links

We have good links in the local community, including local businesses which allow our older students to experience work. Students have previously had placements in Cafes, with the Forestry Commission, at boarding kennels, the local zoo and Rail operators. Where possible students also attend one of the local colleges to allow them to experience an education setting outside of the school. With the support of staff, students have achieved national examinations success and have completed vocational award schemes.

Students who are unable to access local college undertake a curriculum which concentrates on developing their independent living skills and self-help abilities. They also continue to develop basic skills in literacy and numeracy.

General environment

The School is set within three and a half acres of grounds in Snowdonia National Park.

Students benefit from both grass and hard play areas and a mountain bike track.

Both the school and the homes are located on the same site.

Aims and philosophy

We have a 24 hour curriculum that aims to:

  • Bring about a reduction in challenging behaviour
  • Increases levels of functional communication
  • Increase levels of self-care and independent living skills
  • Increase opportunities for community participation and social integration
  • Where appropriate, reduce levels of medication


Aran Hall School
Nr Dolgellau,
LL40 2AR


01332 378 840



[email protected]



Ms Llio Eiri

DFEE Registered number


Length of school year

38 weeks

Age range


Number on roll

Type of school

Mixed. Full Boarding



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